There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a damaged shipment. Damaged products will almost always lead to returns, damaging your profit margins in the process.
In this article, we are going to talk about the shipping process and how you can master packing your boxes in order to reduce damage returns, and anything else that takes place when you hand your product over to your shipping company.

1. Understand Your Products

If you want to be able to better ship your products, you need to understand what you are shipping and what flaws your products have.
Here’s a quick example.
Maybe your products have a specific weak point. When packing this product into your boxes, make sure that weak point is protected. Most shipping companies aren’t trying to break your products, but the fact of the matter is that the shipping process is unpredictable and sometimes boxes are moved around roughly.
Know your products and understand how they need to be shipped in order to arrive in the hands of your customers without any damage. DVDs are best shipped in thin padded envelopes, a pair of shoes will likely need edge protectors for the box, but not much else, and glassware will need to be secured very well in order to stop it from bouncing around and breaking.

2. Choose the Right Boxes for the Job

Some companies simplify the shipping process and assume that any box will do. The majority of shipping mishaps happen because a company chooses the wrong box for the job. There are many boxes available and each type is better suited to specific products or a certain type of shipping.
This is what we recommend.
Your products need to fit well in whatever box you use.
• If the box is too small, your product won’t fit or you will have to force it in, risking damage.
• If a box is too big, your product will move around and require a lot of packing materials to secure.

3. Don’t Overstuff Your Packages

One of the biggest mistakes companies make is overstuffing their packages with packing materials. For most products, a single layer of bubble wrap, a sheet or two of packing paper, and other similar packing materials will be enough to protect your products. It may seem worth it to overstuff your package, but the truth is, you are more than likely wasting your packing materials and this can get expensive if you are packing thousands of packages.
Play around with packing your products and figure out what level of packing materials you need to guarantee that your products arrive safely and undamaged.

4. Smaller is Always Better

Whenever possible, always pack your products in a smaller box that they fit in. Smaller boxes are more durable because they are more compact. Longer and wider boxes tend to be weaker because they have a larger surface area.
Sometimes it may seem more practical to ship a larger box, but this isn’t always true.

5. Use Quality Packing Tape

Don’t use cheap packing tape. Many companies make this mistake and question why their packages arrived damage. Quality packing tape will keep your boxes sealed and guarantee that your products arrive in the same condition that you shipped them in.
There is nothing worse than a box arriving damaged because the packing tape let go.
A quick tip.
When packing your shipments, line your packing tape up along the seam, tape it down, and firmly press it with your hand or a flat object to lock the tape in place. If your products are heavy.

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